Foxtail Millet Khichdi Recipe (Step-by-step Recipe)

by Rachna
foxtail millet khichdi recipe

It is a known fact that millets which are cereal crops and small seed grasses are extremely healthy and a powerhouse of nutrients. In India, we have been using millets in our regular diet since centuries, but it is only in the past decade that more people have started including millets in their diet. This millet khichdi recipe combines millets with lentil and veggies and is a powerhouse of nutrition.

Some millets may taste a bit flat as compared to wheat or rice or may turn out drier when prepared, but if prepared well they do taste good and keep you full for long.

Benefits of Millets in Your Diet

  1. Millets are high in fibre, minerals like magnesium, phosphorous, iron, calcium, zinc and potassium.
  2. They help in preventing coronary disease and help in the management of diabetes.
  3. Being high in fibre, they help in digestion and keep your gut and colon healthy.
  4. They are high in protein and must be included in your diet for a well balanced diet.

Types of Millets

Millets are of many types ranging from jowar (sorghum), ragi (finger millet), bajra (pearl millet), foxtail millet, barnyard millet, proso millet and little millet among others.

This foxtail millet khichdi is prepared with loads of veggies and lentils along with spices. Make it for a leisurely weekend breakfast or brunch. It is a nutritionally balanced one-pot meal.

This picture shows a plate of foxtail millet khichdi with carrots and peas and some spices in the background.

This is one of my favourite millet recipes. It is also a super healthy and nutritious khichdi recipe. You can easily substitute little millet, barnyard millet or kodo millet in place of foxtail millet in this recipe. Use coconut oil in place of ghee for vegan foxtail millet khichdi recipe.

foxtail millet khichdi recipe

Foxtail Millet Khichdi Recipe

Rachna Parmar
This foxtail millet khichdi recipe with a vegan version is a nutritionally balanced one pot meal that makes for a lovely breakfast or brunch. It has the goodness of millets with lentils and veggies. A must try recipe.
4.64 from 11 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Soaking Time 1 hr
Total Time 35 mins
Course Main Course, One pot meal
Cuisine Indian
Servings 6 people
Calories 310 kcal


  • 1 cup foxtail millet
  • 1 cup split green gram lentils
  • 1 tbsp. ginger-garlic paste
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 2 tbsp. ghee or clarified butter or coconut oil for vegan recipe
  • 1 cup chopped vegetables carrot, peas, broccoli, beans etc.
  • 2-3 green chillies sliced optional
  • 1 tsp. garam masala
  • ½ tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin seeds
  • salt to taste
  • Garnish
  • 1 tbsp. cilantro chopped


  • Soak millets and lentils for an hour. Drain and keep aside.
  • Heat 1 tbsp. ghee or coconut oil (for vegan) in a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds and allow them to crackle. Now add sliced onions and fry till they are golden brown. Takes upto 5-6 minutes. Add ginger-garlic paste and green chillies and cook for 2 minutes. Now all the millets, lentils and chopped vegetables and mix well.
  • Add about 3 cups water, turmeric powder, garam masala powder and salt. Add cilantro.
  • Cook for 2 whistles.
  • Open the cooker. Sprinkle 1 tbsp. ghee or coconut oil on khichdi and fluff it up.
  • Your millet khichdi is ready to serve.


  • Soaking millets is important as it helps in cooking it fast.
  • Millets tend to dry out more during cooking hence adequate ghee/oil is needed.
  • Add chillies as per taste.
  • You can use any variety of millets in this dish.
  • Use coconut oil for a vegan foxtail millet khichdi


Nutrition Facts
Foxtail Millet Khichdi Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 310 Calories from Fat 63
% Daily Value*
Fat 7g11%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 12mg4%
Sodium 20mg1%
Potassium 467mg13%
Carbohydrates 48g16%
Fiber 14g58%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 12g24%
Vitamin A 1560IU31%
Vitamin C 5.9mg7%
Calcium 39mg4%
Iron 4.3mg24%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Serve your foxtail millet khichdi with pickle, curd and papad. It makes for a fabulous meal.

Step-by-step Pictures

Foxtail millets and yellow lentils that have been washed and drained in a bowl

Soak millets and lentils for an hour. Drain and keep aside.

Sliced onions and green chillies frying in a pressure cooker

Heat 1 tbsp. ghee or coconut oil in a pressure cooker. Add cumin seeds. Allow to sputter. Add sliced onions, ginger-garlic paste and chillies.

Onions and green chillies are lightly browned

Cook till browned.

Broccoli, frozen peas, carrots cut in batons are added in the pressure cooker

Add 1 cup veggies and stir fry for some time.

Millets and lentils are added on some veggies with salt, turmeric and garam masala powder

Add millets, lentils and spices. Add water and cilantro leaves and cook for 2 whistles. You can also cook on stove top but it will take more time.

foxtail millet khichdi is fluffly and cooked. It has veggies like carrots and peas.

Garnish with ghee or coconut oil and fluff up the khichdi. Millet khichdi is ready to serve.

foxtail millet khichdi recipe

I hope you liked this recipe and will try it out. It is good to include millets in your diet.

Recipe Notes

  • Soaking millets is important as it helps in cooking it fast.
  • Millets tend to dry out more during cooking hence adequate ghee/oil is needed.
  • Add chillies as per taste.
  • You can use any variety of millets in this dish.
  • Use coconut oil in place of ghee for a vegan foxtail millet khichdi.
foxtail millet khichdi recipe

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Shilpa Garg -

5 stars
A healthy and nutritious breakfast dish. I dont make it frequently, but I must as the health benefits of millets are immense!

Rachna -

True Shilpa. Millets can easily substitute rice in khichdi, dosa, idli etc. Try it.

Roshan Radhakrishnan -

5 stars
Needed to enlarge the pic to understand what foxtail MILLET was. But yes, this is a nice healthy option for sure. Millets are badly underused in the south, I feel.

Rachna -

Thanks doc. Actually I feel we use them more in the South and the West compared to the rest of the country.

Obsessivemom -

Another easy one. This, I can try.
Also, a request – please give us the Hindi/Indian names too. Of course google came to my rescue. I didn’t even know that green gram was green mung.

Rachna -

Sure Tulika. Will update the post today. ? As far as millets are concerned, you can use any one that are available. I normally pick them up in the millet section of the supermarket or buy them online eg. Big basket. Here we get them at farmer’s markets as well.

Reema D'souza -

A healthy recipe indeed and an easy one at that.

Rachna -

True Reema

Vidya Sury -

I use millets regularly, thanks to their easy availability, family tradition and of course, diabetes, Rachna. I often substitute millet for rice. I love trying all kinds of dishes with them and of course, khichdi is a family favorite. I love they’re gluten free too! Millet flakes are also super convenient to cook with and for a quick snack!

Rachna -

Yes easy availability is definitely a factor too. I have not been able to source millet flakes or millet noodles so far. Maybe I should try Amazon or Big Basket?

Kaddu -

Dahi, papad, ghee, achaar… khichdi ke chaar yaar! ?
I have never used millets in cooking before. You are right, they are more popular in the South.
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Rachna -

You should. They should be readily available. Do check our for them.

Shalini -

You know what! My knowledge of millets is limited to Ragi and Maize! ? I should incorporate different varieties in my food, I guess. Thanks for the recipe.

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